The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said Tuesday they pulled in record donation numbers over the weekend, a sign the party faithful are excited about the Supreme Court upholding President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"Our grassroots support has been absolutely off the charts and House Democrats are shattering records because Americans are energized about historic protections for middle class health care consumers and appalled that Republicans plan to vote to put insurance companies back in charge of their health care," a statement from DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) said.
The committee said it brought in $2.3 million on Saturday alone, its largest ever single-day small-donor fundraising amount. Nearly 65,000 people donated an average of $35 this weekend to the DCCC, the group responsible for electing Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democrats are eager for a win after the campaign of Republican candidate Mitt Romney announced it had raised over $4 million only 24 hours after the ruling.
"In 24 hrs @MittRomney raised $4.6 million w/ 47k+ donations online. Thanks for everyone's support for #FullRepeal!" Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul tweeted Friday. The Obama campaign shot back, saying they had outraised the former Massachusetts governor in that same tim, but refusing to release numbers or details.
"It's perverse that Mitt Romney won't share details about what he'd do for the millions he'd leave uninsured or at the whims of insurance companies when he 'kills Obamacare dead,' but he'll share the hourly details of his fundraising after the Supreme Court ruling," Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt wrote in a statement Friday after the Saul tweet was released.
He added, "We've outraised the Romney campaign in that time period but that's not the point - our supporters are more committed than ever to ensuring that insurance companies can't drop coverage for people who get sick or discriminate against people with preexisting conditions by reelecting the President."
House Democrats would need to win back 25 seats in November to regain control in the lower house of Congress. Pundits and representatives alike will be watching fundraising numbers in the months ahead to judge the likelihood of such a reversal.
Eager to continue to see an uptick in fundraising from the health care ruling, the DCCC also recently launched a campaign to expose House Republicans working to contact voters on behalf of insurance company contributors.
"Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and Congressional perks instead of protecting consumers," said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel in a statement Monday.
by RTT Staff Writer
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